Numbers & numerical patterns in Scripture

by John Holbrook Jr.
A Biblical View, posted May 8, 2017

People in biblical times lacked numbers, which were invented by Hindu mathematicians in the early 1st millennium AD. In order to express mathematical values, they used the letters of their alphabets. For instance, in counting from 1 to 5, the Hebrews used aleph, beth, gimel, daleth, he,… and the Greeks used alpha, beta, gamma, delta, epsilon,…(click on Hebrew & Greek Alphabets). Thus letters, words, phrases, sentences, and paragraphs written in these languages carry numerical values. The existence of these values is real and undeniable. Thus anyone who is reasonably familiar with these languages can calculate them.

Determining the meaning and significance of numerical values and patterns in the Bible, however, is another matter. The study of them is very old and has many names, including gematria, numerics, and theomatics. The results of these studies often generate heated opposition and dismissal, because they indicate the presence of a single mind at work in the production of 66 different books by many different authors who wrote over many centuries – if not millennia.

What follows is a merely a brief sampling of what these studies have revealed: [1]

37 appears to be the base number on which all references to Jesus (God-the-Son) are structured

37 x 1 = 37 = God (Daniel 4:2) C-188

37 x 1 = 37 = Only Son C-188

37 x 1 = 37 = Power C-188

37 x 1 = 37 = Only begotten C-188

37 x 2 = 74 = A great God (Psalm 95:3) C-189

37 x 2 = 74 = Their Redeemer (Jeremiah 50:34) C-189

37 x 2 = 74 = Foundation C-189

37 x 2 = 74 = Everlasting C-189

37 x 3 = 111 = Jehovah God* (Genesis 3:9)

37 x 7 = 259 = Shepherd* (John 10:2)

37 x 10 = 370 = Everlasting righteousness (Psalm 119:142) C-188

37 x 10 = 370 = He lives (Isaiah 33:5) C-188

37 x 10 = 370 = He rules (Psalm 66:7) C-188

37 x 10 = 370 = God (Elohim) is my King of old (Psalm 74:12) C-188

37 x 12 =111 x 4 = 444 = Lamb for a burnt offering*[2] (Genesis 22:8)

37 x 14 = 518 = The door (John 7)

37 x 15 = 111 x 5 = 555 = Lord of hosts (1 Samuel 1:3)

37 x 15 = 111 x 5 = 555 = God* (NT)

37 x 15 = 111 x 5 = 555 = The holy one (Acts 3:14)

37 x 24 = 111 x 8 = 888 = I am Jehovah, I change not (Malachi 3:6)

37 x 24 = 111 x 8 = 888 = Jesus  A-50

37 x 24 = 111 x 8 = 888 = Her begotten* (Matthew 1:20) A-51

37 x 24 = 111 x 8 = 888 = Lord God* (Revelation 15:3)

37 x 24 = 111 x 8 = 888 = Lord of the Sabbath

37 x 25 = 925 = The Messiah* (John 1:41) A-63

37 x 26 = 962  = Godhead (Colossians 2:9)

37 x 27 = 111 x 9 = 999 = Lord (NT)

37 x 33 = 111 x 11 = 1,221 = And she will bear a son* (Matthew 1:21) A-51

37 x 33 = 111 x 11 = 1,221 = Lord Jesus**[3] (Revelation 22:20)

37 x 36 = 111 x 12 = 1,332 = The child Jesus* (Luke 2:27) A-53

37 x 37 = 1,369 = Image of God (2 Corinthians 4:4)

37 x 40 = 1,480 = Christ (NT)

37 x 42 = 111 x 14 = 1,554 = My beloved Son* (Luke 20:13)

37 x 43 = 1,591 = I am the good shepherd* (John 10:11)

37 x 48 = 111 x 16 = 888 x 2 = 1,776 = The lamb in the midst of the throne* (Revelation 7:17)

37 x 54 = 111 x 18 = 1,998 = Name of Jesus* (Acts 5:40)

37 x 57 = 111 x 19 = 2,109 = Worthy is the lamb Who was slain** (Revelation 5:12)

37 x 60 = 111 x 20 = 2,220 = Unto you that fear My name, there shall arise a son of righteousness, with healing in His wings (Malachi 4:2)

37 x 60 = 111 x 20 = 2,220 = Name of Christ* (1 Peter 4:14)

37 x 63 = 111 x 21 = 2,331 = Christ the Lord* (Luke 2:26)

37 x 64 = 2,368 = Jesus Christ

37 x 66 = 111 x 22 = 2,442 = Jesus, the name given by the angel (Luke 2:21) A-52

37 x 66 = 111 x 22 = 2,442 = Morning star** (2 Peter 1:19)

37 x 66 = 111 x 22 = 2,442 = Bright morning star** (Revelation 22:16)

37 x 69 = 111 x 23 = 2,553 = The marriage supper of the lamb* (Revelation 19:9)

37 x 72 = 111 x 24 = 888 x 3 = 2,664 = The Lord God is one (Matthew 12:29)

37 x 75 = 111 x 25 = 2,775 = The word became flesh and dwelt among us* (John 1:14)

37 x 78 = 111 x 26 = 2,886 = This child* (Luke 2:17) A-53

37 x 80 = 2,960 = Son of man (Matthew 13:37) A-47

37 x 81 = 111 x 27 = 2,997 = Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son* (Matthew 1:23) A-51

37 x 84 = 111 x 28 = 3,108 = Her begotten of the spirit is holy (Matthew 1:20) A-51

37 x 84 = 111 x 28 = 3,108 = Name of the holy child Jesus (Actts 4:30) A-53

37 x 84 = 111 x 28 = 3,108 = His eternal power and godhead (Romans 1:20)

37 x 84 = 111 x 28 = 3,108 = The lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world* (John 1:29)

37 x 87 = 111 x 29 = 3,219 = The Lord God almighty* (Revelation 21:22)

37 x 90 = 111 x 30 = 3,330 = Name of the Lord Jesus* (1 Corinthians 5:4)

37 x 90 = 111 x 30 = 3,330 = The great shepherd of the sheep** (Hebrews 13:20)

37 x 93 = 111 x 31 = 3,441 = The one Who created the heavens and the earth* (Revelation 14:7)

37 x 93 = 111 x 31 = 3,441 = The light of the world* (John 8:12)

37 x 96 = 111 x 32 = 888 x 4 = 3,552 = His name was called Jesus, the name given by the angel** (Luke 2:21) A-52

37 x 102 = 111 x 34 = 3,774 = She bore a son and called the name of Him Jesus** (Matthew 1:25) A-52

37 x 102 = 111 x 34 = 3,774 = My beloved Son in Whom I am well pleased (2 Peter 1:17)

37 x 102 = 111 x 34 = 3,774 = The God of heaven (Revelation 11:13)

37 x 111 = 111 x 37 = 4,107 = This is my beloved Son* (2 Peter 1:17)

37 x 111 = 111 x 37 = 4,107 = Only begotten Son, Who is in the bosom of the Father (John 1:18)

37 x 120 = 111 x 40 = 888 x 5 = 4,440 = The Lord Christ (Colossians 3:24)

37 x 120 = 111 x 40 = 888 x 5 = 4,440 = The mediator, a man Christ Jesus* (1 Timothy 2:5)

37 x 120 = 111 x 40 = 888 x 5 = 4,440 = God sent his only begotten Son into the world (1 John 4:9)

37 x 135 = 111 x 45 = 4,995 = Jesus, the name given by the angel before He was conceived in the womb (Luke 2:21) A-53

37 x 144 = 111 x 48 = 888 x 6 = 5,328 = Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of the most high God** (Hebrews 10:21)

37 x 146 = 2 x 37 x 73 = 5,402 = For in Him dwells all the fullness of the godhead (Colossians 2:9)

37 x 153 = 111 x 51 = 5,661 = You will conceive in your womb, and bear a son, and you shall call the name of Him Jesus (Luke 1:31) A-52

37 x 159 = 111 x 53 = 5,883 = And they will call His name Emmanuel, which is being  interpreted – with us God** (Matthew 1:23) A-51

37 x 168 = 111 x 56 = 888 x 7 = 6,216 = Yes Lord, I believe that Thou art the Christ, the Son of God* (John 11:27)

37 x 168 = 111 x 56 = 888 x 7 = 6,216 = Entered Jesus, the one having become a high priest forever after the order of Melchisedek (Hebrews 6:20)

37 x 168 = 111 x 56 = 888 x 7 = 6,216 = Holy, Holy, Holy, is the Lord God almighty, Who was and is and is to come** (Revelation 4:8)

37 x 192 = 111 x 64 = 888 x 8 = 7,104 = The power of the most high will overshadow you, and for that reason the holy offspring will be called thew Son of God* (Luke 1:35) A-52

37 x 201 = 111 x 67 = 7,437 = But in these last days, he spoke to us through a Son (Hebrews 1:2)

37 x 213 = 111 x 71 = 7,881 = In Him was life, and the life was the light of men (John 1:4)

37 x 219 = 111 x 73 = 3 x 37 x 73 = 8,103 = King of kings, and Lord of lords (1 Timothy 6:15)

37 x 225 = 111 x 75 = 8,325 = His name was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before He was conceived in the womb (Luke 2:21) A-52

37 x 240 = 111 x 80 = 888 x 10 = 8,880 = Behold, a virgin will conceive and bear a son, and they will call the name of Him Emmanuel, which is being interpreted – with us God* (Matthew 1:23) A-51

37 x 288 = 111 x 96 = 888 x 12 = 10,656 = The water which I shall give him shall become in him a fountain of water springing up to life eternal (John 4:14)

153 appear to be the base number on which references to “the redeemed” are structured

153 x 8 = 1,224 = Fishes (Luke 9:13)

153 x 8 = 1,224 = The net (John 21:11)

153 x 20 = 3,060 = Casting a net into the sea (Matthew 4:18)

153 x 37 = 5,661 = I say to you I am the door of the sheep* (John 10:7)

153 x 39 = 5967 = If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in** (Revelation 3:20)

153 x 54 = 8,262 = Drew the net to land full of great fishes, a hundred and fifty-three (John 21:11)

153 x 64 = 9,792 = He called them, and they immediately left the boat, and their father, and followed Him (Matthew 4:21-22)

144 appears to be the base number on which references to “the chosen” are structured

144 x 6 = 864 = Saints (Revelation 8:3)

144 x 6 = 864 = Thousands* (Revelation 14:1)

144 x 6 = 864 = Jerusalem (Revelation 3:12)

144 x 7 = 1,008 = The faith (Revelation 14:12)

144 x 7 = 1,008 = The 144 thousands* (Revelation 14:1)

144 x 8 = 1,152 = New Jerusalem* (Revelation 3:12)

144 x 8 = 1,152 = Witness (Revelation 12:11)

144 x 8 = 1,152 = Seven churches** (Revelation 1:20)

144 x 9 = 1,296 = Seven lampstands (Revelation 1:12)

144 x 9 = 1,296 = Come out, My people (Revelation 18:4)

144 x 11 = 1,584 = Priests of God (Revelation 20:6)

144 x 13 = 1,872 = The ones who are clothed in white robes** (Revelation 7:13)

144 x 17 = 2,448 = Ones dying in the Lord (Revelation 14:13)

144 x 27 = 3,888 = The holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven (Revelation 21:2)

144 x 28 = 4,032 = The ones coming out of the great tribulation (Revelation 7:14)

144 x 29 = 4,176 = As many as would not worship the image of the beast** (Revelation 13:15)

144 x 30 = 4,320 = He that endureth to the end shall be saved* (Matthew 24:13)

144 x 31 = 4,464 = Seal the servants of our God* (Revelation 7:3)

144 x 32 = 4,608 = And no one could learn the song except the 144 thousands, the ones purchased from the earth* (Revelation 14:3)

144 x 37 = 5,328 = The one who reads and those who hear the words of the prophecy* (Revelation 1:3)

144 x 38 = 5,472 = Blessed are those servants whom the Lord shall find watching when He comes* (Luke 12:37)

144 x 39 = 5,616 = They overcame him by the blood of the lamb and the word of their testimony (Revelation 12:11)

144 x 52 = 7,488 = Here is the endurance of the saints, who keep the commandments of God and the faith in Jesus* (Revelation 14:12)

144 x 74 = 10,656 = And I will write on him the name of My God, and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem (Revelation 3:12)

144 x 98 = 14,112 = These have been purchased from mankind as firstfruits to God and the lamb, and in their mouth no lie was found, for they are blameless* (Revelation 14:4-5)

144 x 116 = 16,704 = And behold, the great multitude which to number it no one was able, from every nation, from all tribes** (Revelation 7:9)

276 appears to be the base number on which references to the Satanic kingdom are structured

276 x 1 = 276 = Satan* (Matthew 16:23)

276 x 1 = 276 = In hades** (Acts 2:27)

276 x 3 = 828 = Hell* (Matthew 23:33)

276 x 3 = 828 = Demon possession* (John 10:21)

276 x 4 = 1,104 = According to the operation of Satan* (2 Thessalonians 2:9)

276 x 4 = 1,104 = Power to cast into hell* (Luke 12:5)

276 x 5 = 1,380 = Lie* (John 8:44)

276 x 6 = 1,656 = Beelzebub* (Luke 11:15)

276 x 6 = 1,656 = The dragon* (Revelation 13:4)

276 x 6 = 1,656 = How art thou fallen from heaven, oh Lucifer, son of the morning (Isaiah 14:12)

276 x 6 = 1,656 = Time elapsed from the Fall to the Flood in years

276 x 7 = 1,932 = Hell fire unquenchable** (Mark 9:43)

276 x 8 = 2,208 = The evil one (1 John 5:19)

276 x 9 = 2,484 = Follow Satan* (1 Timothy 5:15)

276 x 13 = 3,588 = The accuser of our brethren (Revelation 12:10)

276 x 14 = 3,864 = I beheld Satan fall from heaven (Luke 10:18)

276 x 15 = 4,140 = He is a liar and the father of lies* (John 8:44)

276 x 15 = 4,140 = The prince of the power of the air** (Ephesians 2:2)

276 x 15 = 4,140 = The ruler of this world is coming* (John 14:30)

276 x 16 = 4,416 = The ruler of the demons (Luke 11:15)

276 x 20 = 5,520 = And He was in the wilderness forty days be  tempted by Satan** (Mark 1:13)

276 x 30 = 8,280 = A king, the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon, and in Greek he has the name Apollyon* (Revelation 9:11)

276 also appears to be the base number on which references, not to the law itself, which is perfect[4], but to man’s attempt to keep the law are structured

276 x 2 = 552 = Stone tablets* (2 Corinthians 3:3)

276 x 2 = 552 = The law says* (1 Corinthians 14:34)

276 x 2 = 552 = Religion* (Acts 26:5)

276 x 3 = 828 = Under law** (Galatians 4:21)

276 x 3 = 828 = Name of the beast[5] (Revelation 13:17)

276 x 4 = 1,104 = Tablets of the covenant (Hebrews 9:4)

276 x 4 = 1,104 = The letter killeth** (2 Corinthians 3:6)

276 x 5 = 1,380 = The inhabited earth* (Revelation 16:14)

276 x 6 = 1,656 = The first covenant (Hebrews 9:15)

276 x 6 = 1,656 = By works of the law*** (Galatians 2:26)

276 x 7 = 1,932 = Mystery of the woman[6] (Revelation 17:7)

276 x 8 = 2,208 = The Sabbath day (Luke 13:14)

276 x 9 = 2,484 = All things written in the law** (John 10:24)

276 x 10 = 2,760 = For through the law comes a full knowledge of sin (Romans 3:20)

276 x 11 = 3,036 = The customs which Moses delivered*

276 x 13 = 3,588 = The law in commandments in ordinances (Ephesians 2:15)

276 x 17 = 4,692 = Cursed is everyone who dos not abide by all things written in the law* (Galatians 3:10)

276 x 18 = 4,968 = The righteousness of the scribes and the Pharisees** (Matthew 5:20)

666 appears to be the base number on which references to the world system (the integration of commerce and hierarchical, coercive government) are structured

666 x 1 = 111 x 6 = 666 = Adversary* (1 Peter 5:8)

666 x 1 = 111 x 6 = 666 = Wonders (2 Thessalonians 2:9)

666 x 1 = 111 x 6 = 666 = In the world* (John 1:9)

666 x 1 = 111 x 6 = 666 = Merchants of the earth (Revelation 18:3)

666 x 1 = 111 x 6 = 666 = The kingdom* (Revelation 17:17)

666 x 1 = 111 x 6 = 666 = Where the harlot sits* (Revelation 17:15)

666 x 2 = 111 x 12 = 1,332 = The kingdoms of the world (Luke 4:5)

666 x 2 = 111 x 12 = 1,332 = Kings of the inhabited earth* (Revelation 16:14)

666 x 2 = 111 x 12 = 1,332 = Merchandise* (2 Peter 2:3)

666 x 3 = 111 x 18 = 1,998 = Elements of the world** (Galatians 4:3)

666 x 3 = 111 x 18 = 1,998 = Mouth of the dragon** (Revelation 16:13)

666 x 3 = 111 x 18 = 1,998 = Blasphemy against God** (Revelation 13:6)

666 x 3 = 111 x 18 = 1,998 = Those who had received the mark of the beast* (Revelation 19:20)

666 x 5 = 111 x 30 = 3,330 = The whole world wondered after the beast[7] *** (Revelation 13:3)

666 x 5 = 111 x 30 = 3,330 = The beast which carries her [the whore of Babylon] (Revelation 17:7)

666 x 6 = 111 x 36 = 3,996 = The man of sin, the son of perdition* (2 Thessalonians)

666 x 6 = 111 x 36 = 3,996 = The great city[8] having a kingdom over the kings of the earth** (Revelation 17:18)

666 x 6 = 111 x 36 = 3,996 = Those who worship the beast and its image Revelation 14:11)

666 x 6 = 111 x 36 = 3,996 = Whoever receives the mark of its name* (Revelation 14:11)

666 x 6 = 111 x 36 = 3,996 = According to the operation of Satan with all power and sings and wonders** (2 Thessalonians 2:9)

666 x 7 = 111 x 42 = 4,662 = Ruler of this world (John 16:11) A-47

666 x 8 = 111 x 48 = 5,328 = And the woman that you saw is the great city having a kingdom over the kings of the earth (Revelation 17:18)

666 x 9 = 111 x 54 = 5,994 = The men who bore the mark** (Revelation 16:2)

666 x 12 = 111 x 72 = 7,992 = Children, it is the last hour; and just as you hear the antichrist is coming* (1 John 2:18)

666 x 12 = 111 x 72 = 7,992 = And the dragon gave to it its power and its throne and great authority** (Revelation 13:2)

666 x 13 = 111 x 78 = 8,658 = Then the lawless one will be revealed whom the Lord Jesus will slay with the breath of His mouth (2 Thessalonians 2:8)

666 x 15 = 111 x 90 = 9,990 = The one therefore having wisdom, let him calculate the number of the beast: for it is the number of man, and it is six hundred and sixty-six (Revelation 13:18)

666 x 16 = 111 x 96 =10,656 = And it provides that no one should be able to buy or sell, except the one who has the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of its name (Revelation 13:17)

666 x 40 = 111 x 240 = 26,640 = It causes all, the small and the great, and the rich and the poor, and the free men and the slaves, to be given a mark on their right hand or forehead** (Revelation 13:16)

I believe that God inspired the authors of the Bible to write exactly what they wrote – down to every letter, word, phrase, sentence, and paragraph – that he embedded in their work numerical meanings and patterns for our instruction, and that to ignore them – or worse, to deny them – is both foolish and offensive to him.

© 2016 John Holbrook Jr.
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[1] References are as follows: (A) Theomatics by Del Washburn, (B) Theomatics II by Del Washburn, (C) Beginnings – The Sacred Design by Bonnie Gaunt.

[2] * indicates that the numeric value of the text is one more or one less than the total to the left.

[3] ** indicates that the numeric value of the text is two more or two less than the total to the left.

[4] 700 = 7 x 100 = The law (Ephesians 2:15)

[5] The beast-out-of-the-earth symbolizes false religion.

[6] The whore of Babylon recalls Semiramus,, the stunningly beautiful prostitute who became the wife of Nimrod, the founder of Babylon. She seduces the unwary with appeals to “…all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life…” (KJV1 John 2:16).

[7] The beast-out-of-the-sea represents the world system – the integration of commerce and hierarchical, coercive government.

[8] Babylon the Great, another name for the beast-out-of-the-sea.

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